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Expanded Recall: Bed Handles Inc. reannounces recall of Adult Portable Bed Handles Following Report of Fourth Entrapment Death

Starting date:
October 23, 2015
Posting date:
October 23, 2015
Type of communication:
Consumer Product Recall
Household Items
Source of recall:
Health Canada
Strangulation Hazard
General Public
Identification number:

Expansion of June 3, 2014 recall

Affected products

Portable bed handles that lack safety retention straps. Recalled models include the Original Bedside Assistant® (BA10W), the Travel Handles™ (BA11W) which is sold as a set of two bed handles, and the Adjustable Bedside Assistant® (AJ1) sold between January 1994 and December 2007.

Product description

This recall involves the Original Bedside Assistant® (BA10W), the Travel Handles™ (BA11W) which is sold as a set of two bed handles, and the Adjustable Bedside Assistant® (AJ1).

The L-shaped bed handles are made out of 1.9 centimetres (¾-inch) tubular steel, measure 50.8 centimetres (20 inches) wide, 40.64 to 50.8 centimetres  (16 to 20 inches) tall and have 91.44 centimetres (3 feet) poles that extend under the mattress. The Original Bedside Assistant® (BA10W) and the Travel Handles™ (BA11W) have a white handle with white poles that go under the mattress. The Adjustable Bedside Assistant® (AJ1) is gold in color and has a black cushioned foam handle. The bed handles are intended to assist adults with getting in and out of bed by giving them a bar to grip. Bed Handles Inc. and the model number are printed on a white label on the bed handles.

Hazard identified

When attached to an adult’s bed without the use of safety retention straps, the handle can shift out of place, creating a dangerous gap between the bed handle and the side of the mattress. This poses a serious risk of entrapment, strangulation and death.

Neither Bed Handles Inc. nor Health Canada has received any reports of consumer incidents or injuries related to the use of these products in Canada.  There have been 4 deaths reported in the United States.

Number sold

Approximately 2000 bed handles were sold in Canada by home health care stores, drug stores, medical equipment stores and in home and health care catalogs.

Time period sold

Bed handles were sold from January 1994 through December 2007.

Place of origin

Manufactured in United States.


Bed Handles, Inc.
Blue Springs

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What you should do

Consumers should immediately stop using all recalled bed handles that were sold without safety retention straps. To request free safety retention straps to secure the bed handle to the bed frame, new assembly instructions for models BA10W, BA11W and AJ1 and a warning label to attach to the bed handles, consumers can contact Bed Handles Inc. online or by telephone at 1-800-725-6903 from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm CT Monday through Friday.

The bed handles should be used only with the safety retention straps securely in place attaching the bed handle to the bed frame in order to prevent a gap.

Please note that the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act prohibits recalled products from being redistributed, sold or even given away in Canada.

Health Canada would like to remind Canadians to report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product or any other consumer product or cosmetic by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.

This recall is also posted on the OECD Global Portal on Product Recalls website. You can visit this site for more information on other international consumer product recalls.